Paul Mauldin

Contributing Editor,
Transmission & Distribution World

Paul Mauldin has worked in the energy industry for more than 25 years, developing and implementing advanced energy technologies. As research director for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., he pioneered methodologies used in the design, maintenance and control of energy delivery systems. As a consultant, he has provided guidance to utilities and the vendor community, nationally and internationally. Mauldin holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and is a registered professional engineer.

HVDC to Increase Resiliency in US Grid
HVDC will enable long distance lines in South America and underwater DC cables in Europe.
4 Reasons Why a National Grid Won't Happen 3
For most of my utility career, the dream of a fully connected national, coast-to-coast frequency-synchronized power grid has been discussed as though it might someday actually happen.
Yes, We Can Optimize the Electric Grid 4
If your nose twitches when you read this, then you may have the qualities of a bonafide Grid Master!
Sony Hack Attack: Do We Need a ‘Safe Mode’ Reboot Option for the Grid? 2
Worth discussing anyway – because we certainly don’t want the next cyberwar to be lost fighting for the power grid.
substation security
Protect the Grid from Physical Attack? How? 3
Are we talking specially trained security personal, drone surveillance, extensive sensor networks, the National Guard? Should we be talking at all?
Power System Cyber Threat is the Real Deal 1

Superstorms, solar flares, terrorist attacks on substations, and now, confirmation by the NSA that the grid is likely to get whacked by a major cyber-attack. Whew, will it ever end? As Gilda would say, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another”

Did you see this announcement by CNN and some other major news sources?

elections spending
Featured Poll: How Will Election Results Impact the Grid? 3
The GOP has the Senate and the House. What will change for the electric transmission and distribution industry?
solar power
Featured Poll: Who Will Own Solar? 6
Cheap panels provided by china, rate and tax incentives and squadrons of entrepreneurial installers - there’s no stopping rooftop solar, even if we wanted to.
Disaster response, storm hardening
Storm Hardening the Grid
Utilities prepare for the new normal.
Utility Terrorism Fix: Potential Government Boondoggle?
Does the risk of utility directed terrorism warrant immediate action?
Storm Hardening: Utilities Focus on the Fixable
It doesn’t matter whether a storm was initiated or intensified by climate change or not. Who cares?
What Would it Take to Keep You on Your Job?
Last month’s poll asked the question “What will it take to keep you on your job?” particularly when you reach (or now that you’ve reached) retirement age.
Featured Poll: Electric Demand Growth Flatlined? Now What? 1
When I first went to work in our industry, annual electric load growth was around eight percent.
social media
Featured Poll: Do You Use Social Media? 4
How important is social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) to your work?
Municipal Utilities: Will Their Numbers Grow? 1
The number of municipal utilities reached a maximum of about 2500 (accounting for about 5 percent sales of U.S. power) back in the early 1920s. The number is still around 2000. Why is that?

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